International Student Resources
Health and Wellness
- Healthlink is an extensive source of health information you need. Be it a quick and easy advice or a serious health concern, they will determine what’s the best advice for you. They can be reached, by simply dialling 811.
- Red Deer Primary Care Network is a partnership of family doctors and Alberta Health Services. This is a great source of walk-in clinics for minor health problems and of health professionals who work alongside family doctors.
- If you need immediate assistance and believes that it is an emergency, call 911.
Health Care Insurance
- All international students require health care insurance.
- Students from outside Canada may be eligible for Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP) coverage. You will need to apply AHCIP. Students under 18 years old must be added to the AHCIP account of a custodian. Find out more on https://www.alberta.ca/ahcip-students.aspx
- Students who have a 12 month Study Permit (valid for an Alberta educational institute), who will reside in Alberta for 12 months or more are eligible for AHCIP coverage and are urged to apply.
- Students with Study Permits valid for more than 3 months, but less than 12 months, may be eligible for AHCIP coverage if their application is accompanied by a letter from the student confirming their intent to reside in Alberta for at least 12 months.
- It is important to apply for coverage within three (3) months of moving date.
- If the application is received within 3 months of entry into Alberta, coverage is effective on the date of either entry into Alberta or the date signed on the Study Permit, whichever is later.
- If you are deemed ineligible for AHCIP, you will need to obtain private insurance coverage from your country or in Canada. Medical insurance providers are authorized for this service when you apply within five (5) days of your arrival in Canada.
- If you want to know what AHCIP covers, go to https://www.alberta.ca/ahcip-what-is-covered.aspx
- For private insurance coverage, go to https://www.internationalstudentinsurance.com/canada-student-insurance/health-insurance-in-canada.php
- For other helpful information, go to https://www.alberta.ca/health-wellness.aspx
Red Deer offers cycling and recreational trails, facility and park rentals for year-round activities. It also boasts of community programs and information for socialization and community interaction. Hence the tagline, the welcoming and inclusive community. You can choose any of the fitness establishments for any fitness and wellness programs that you’re comfortable with. There will be no shortage of your wellness resources.
Mental Health and Counselling Services
For any clinical cases, students are referred to CMHA Central Alberta
For counselling services, students will be given an option to seek professional help outside of the school premises or ABHI can provide one if need be.
This service is given freely not only to the international students but to everyone who is interested to join ABHI. During the course of their programs, students are encouraged to seek advise from career counsellors when they have academic issues.
Career Development Services
ABHI has developed a partnership with Career Assistance Network to provide resume writing workshop and interview skills enhancement training for its students including international students. These trainings are provided to assist the students in their career and employment goals.
Work while studying
If they meet eligibility requirements, international students may be able to work off campus without a work permit for up to:
- 20 hours a week during regular academic session
- full-time during regularly scheduled breaks
International students enrolled in the following programs are not eligible to work with a study permit:
- language programs (such as English or French as a Second Language) as designated institutions
- academic upgrading coursework (such as secondary education equivalency)
- course work that does not lead to a certificate, diploma or degree
- academic, vocational or professional training program that leads to a degree, diploma or certificate, and that it less than 6 months long
Learn more about eligibility requirements here.
New to Red Deer?
- Make sure that all your documents like passport, study permit and plane tickets are ready.
- Check the weather and dress appropriately as weather in Alberta changes so quickly.
- Have your funds in Canadian dollar ready.
- Communicate your date and time of arrival with your housing accommodation sponsor. Please have their contact number in your phone for easy access.
Arriving in Alberta
Upon arrival in Alberta, international students will be picked up by the Student Coordinator and will be brought to the pre-arranged accommodation. They will then be instructed to attend a New Student Orientation before their class commences.
Homestay sponsors may assist the student with regards to arranging new phone plans if needed and banking needs if they chose to. Otherwise, the Student Coordinator can assist them with these services. During the New Student Orientation, student policy and other useful information which would help the student get acquainted the with new surroundings, culture and environment will be discussed.
- Catholic Social Services
202, 5000 Gaetz Avenue
Red Deer, AB T4N 6C2
- Central Alberta Immigrant Women’s Association
110, 5017 49th Street
Red Deer, AB T4N 1V4
- Red Deer Local Immigration Partnership
202, 5000 Gaetz Avenue
Red Deer, AB T4N 6C2
403-346-8818 ext 268
Places of Worship in Red Deer
- Centre for Spiritual Living
3-6315 Horn Street
Red Deer, AB T4N 6H5
- Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church
18 Selkirk Blvd.
Red Deer, AB T4N 0G2
- St. Mary’s Catholic Church
6 McMillan Avenue
Red Deer, AB T4N 5X8
- Sunnybrook United Church
12 Stanton Street
Red Deer, AB T4N 0B8
- Jehova’s Witnesses
11 Bennet Street
Red Deer, AB T4R 1V3
- Sacred heart Catholic Church
5508 48A Avenue
Red Deer, AB T4N 3V6
- Chalmers St Andrews Presbetyrian Church
3628 57 Avenue
Red Deer, AB T4N 4R5
- Might Fortress Lutheran Church
51 Alford Avenue
Red Deer AB, T4R 1G9
- Bible Baptist Church
4618 41 Avenue
Red Deer, AB T4N 2Y4
- Iglesia ni Cristo
5005 50 Avenue
Red Deer, AB T4N 1Y2
- Red Deer Islamic Centre
195 Douglas Avenue
Red Deer, AB T4R 2G2
- Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
3002 47 Avenue
Red Deer, AP T4N 1P3
- Victory Church of Red Deer
98 Oberlin Avenue
Red Deer, AB T4N 5A4
- Fountain of Life Apostolic House
4-5580 45 Street
Red Deer, AB T4N 1L1